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Mott Supporters Take Over Main Street for Woodson Fund

Charles Woodson pictured at the Event on Main with C.S. Mott Children's Hospital's Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Valerie Opipari, M.D., and her family.


When she was 20 weeks pregnant, Lisa Roberts learned two facts: she would be having a baby girl and her daughter would be born with congenital heart defect. This life-changing information caused Lisa and her husband to search for the best hospital to take care of their daughter, Mattison. The couple soon learned the top facility, U-M’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, was in their backyard.

When Mattison was born, her survival was not certain. She underwent her first heart surgery at Mott when she was just 3 months old.

Today, Mattison is a healthy 5-year-old, and Lisa finds there is no better way to celebrate her daughter’s health than by giving back to Mott through volunteering on the Event on Main committee.

The 2016 Event on Main took place on Thursday, June 23, and raised over $400,000 for the Woodson Fund. Thanks to the hard work of the committee, the summer night came together with more than 500 guests and 74 sponsors.


Event on Main Committee members Diane Johnson (left), Stepahnie Ottenwess (second from right), and Lisa Roberts (right) pictured on the red carpet with the event chair, Kristin Finn (second from left).


Since 2010, Main Street Ventures has hosted an elegant night of food and fun in downtown Ann Arbor. This is the third year the event has benefitted the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund at Mott. The fund supports innovative research that fights some of the most devastating childhood conditions and diseases, including the congenital heart defect that Mattison faced. You can learn more about the Woodson Fund impact on our Little Victors here

“We wouldn’t have a family if it weren’t for Mott,” Lisa said. “And for us, research means continued security for Mattison. We know that if something needs to be tweaked with her health, we don’t look at it as devastation. We feel secure as long as there are funds driving research.”

While the Event on Main may just be one night, the need for philanthropic support continues year-round for all of the children and families who are affected by childhood illness.

“Ten years ago, they wouldn’t have been able to do the operation that Matti had,” Lisa says. “And 10 years from now, because of research, the procedures will be even more advanced and reliable.”

 Learn how you can support research at Mott by visiting To view more red carpet photos from the event, visit